5 Self-Care Things to Start Doing This 2017

New Year’s resolutions may be cliché, but they’re helpful for your well-being. However, other than sticking with it, the hardest part of resolutions is choosing which habit to make over. We’re making it easier for you—choose one (or more, or all!) of these five self-care things to start this year.

1. Take an Hour Off from Social Media Everyday
This might be a major change for many of us, but our addiction to social media affects our ability to do work, engage with people and being totally present in the moment. What’s more, researches have linked being constantly online with depression and anxiety, compromising sleep quality. Try taking a break from your phone in exchange for an hour of genuine leisure every day.

2. Get a Massage Once a Month
Treat yourself to a full body massage at the end of each month to reduce physical, mental and emotional stress. Worried that this may seem like an indulgent use of time and money? Remember that the antidote for selfishness isn’t selflessness—you need to take care of yourself first before you can take care of others. De-stressing for 30 minutes to an hour can actually help you become a better worker, a friend and a person.

3. Stop Attempting Perfect Diet
We’re not saying you should stop your guilt-free diet, but do not deprive yourself on some—or more—indulgences. Do as much as you can to make smart decisions when it comes to eating. Maybe you can pack your own lunch thrice a week instead of five or refrain from sweets every other day. Baby steps are always better than doing nothing at all.

4. Nurture and Prune Relationships
A great group of friends can make you feel more confident, get through stressful days and even help you with your health goals. Toxic people, on the contrary, suck the life and happiness out of you. Nurture your relationship with the first, and cut ties with the second. Keep your relationships healthy, and make a point to connect with the great people in your life—perhaps, through text, call or a cup of coffee—at least once a week.

5. Give Up One Indulgence Once a Week
Humans are creatures of habit, and most of these habits gear towards unhealthy ones. Choose one indulgence to give up for a week. The goal here is to know and understand that you can live perfectly without it. It can be anything from soda to taking the elevator, but this small change will give your body a break and a small taste of what it’s like to step away from this habit on your terms.

The New Year is the best time to start new and better habits. Take advantage of this opportunity, and make your own road map towards happiness and better quality of life.

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